Toasted Oatmeal Waffles and Baked Oatmeal with Bananas and Berries, photographed in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (Mark DuFrene/Staff)
Toasted Oatmeal Waffles and Baked Oatmeal with Bananas and Berries, photographed in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (Mark DuFrene/Staff) (Mark DuFrene)

Baked Oatmeal

Serves 6 generously

2 cups rolled (not instant) oats

1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted, divided

1/3 cup natural cane sugar or maple syrup

1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups milk

1 large egg

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly, divided

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 1/2 cups huckleberries, blueberries or mixed berries

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter an 8-inch square baking dish.

2. In a bowl, mix together the oats, half of the walnuts, sugar (if using), baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup (if using), milk, egg, half of the butter and vanilla.

4. Arrange bananas in a single layer in prepared pan. Sprinkle with two-thirds of the berries. Cover with oat mixture. Drizzle with milk mixture. Scatter remaining berries and walnuts on top.

5. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and oat mixture has set. Let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle the remaining melted butter on top and serve with more sugar or maple syrup, if you wish.

-- Heidi Swanson, "Super Natural Every Day" (Ten Speed Press, $23, 248 pages)


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